A review of the upcoming Sony Reader PRS-T2 has been posted on a French website named Ebouquin.fr with a complete collection of pictures of the new reader.
Looking at the pictures and review, a few things can be easily noticed. First, it seems that the black PRS-T2 is the only one to come in a matte finish. The red Sony PRS-T2 looks pretty shiny in the review pictures. In addition to the finish, the close up pictures show that the buttons are physical and not capacitive sensors, fact that adds to the tablet as most reviewers agree to an unpleasant experience of using capacitive buttons.
As the design follows its earlier versions, so do the software features which stay the same as those of the PRS-T1. There are a few small differences in software, but the general interface and menus are quite the same. Fonts and reading features are also similar to the previous version and the two additional features are Evernote and Facebook.
Another new feature for reading is that an option is added to the settings which can turn on and off the partial pages refreshes. Partial refresh takes lesser time to refresh the page. This key feature has been added to almost all the major readers on the market, it was about time that Sony made a move as well.
In general, it can be said that Sony PRS-T2 is another solid addition to the Sony family. The reviewer in the video on the French website says that PRS-T2 is a good reader but it is way overpriced in France, as compared to its competitors, namely Kindle and Kobo. This is not the situation in France only; everywhere the Sony PRS-T2 is quite overpriced.
In the past, Sony was able to get away with extra charges on their devices due to the lack of market competition, but now the times have changed and Sony doesn’t really produce any extraordinary devices to warrant the higher price. In the beginning they were the only ones to provide a top class aluminum frame, touchscreen and audio support but now they have got tough competitors.
The highlight features of the Sony PRS-T2 include a glare free E-Ink Pearl V220 Touch screen which has been further improved for a better reading experience. A simplified home screen, updated book layout for better organization of books and titles, smooth zoom in and zoom out feature, paper like page turns, two built-in English to four languages dictionaries, doubled battery life and redesigned control button – these are the key new additions to this Sony reader.
Furthermore, the Reader Store can be accessed without installing any software as a Web-Based Interface will make it possible to access the store from all browsers. With this growing ecosystem, Sony is only a little behind Amazon and Barnes & Noble in this department. The 5.9 ounce T2 is surely an excellent package with some improved features, but its pricing strategy will determine its true success.